13th September 2018, 09:45 | super_league

Super 8s Round 5 Preview

Super 8s Round 5 Preview

Super League Super 8s

St Helens can secure the League Leaders Shield with a win against struggling Hull FC at the Totally Wicked Stadium on Friday Night. 

The Saints have looked off kilter in recent weeks, requiring a last-minute Morgan Knowles try to beat Challenge Cup winners Catalans Dragons last time out, 22-26, and have suffered two defeats so far in the Super 8s. 

Hull FC, however have lost their last eight games, including all their Super 8s games so far and will be looking to arrest their form and pick up a confidence boosting win. The return of Jake Connor to Hull’s 19-man squad will no doubt be welcome news for the fans. 

Wigan Warriors can secure second spot with a win against Warrington Wolves at the DW Stadium, coupled with a Castleford defeat. Wigan have won all four of their Super 8s games and have emerged as the form side of the competition as the race to Old Trafford reaches it’s climax. 

Warrington have responded to their Challenge Cup defeat with back to back wins against Hull and Huddersfield, securing a Top 4 finish in the process

Castleford Tigers are looking to keep up the hunt for a home semi-final in the Super League playoffs with a victory against Huddersfield Giants on Thursday. 

The Tigers are in good form, having dispatched Hull FC with a 28-8 away victory last week and have won their last three games.  

Huddersfield come into the game on the back of two consecutive losses, but did beat Castleford last time the two sides met in Round 22.

Thursday 13th September: Castleford Tigers vs Huddersfield Giants (19:45)

Friday 14th September: St Helens vs Hull FC (19:45), Wakefield Trinity vs Catalans Dragons (19:45), Wigan Warriors vs Warrington Wolves (19:45)

Super 8s - The Qualifiers

Champions Leeds Rhinos face Salford Red Devils at Headingley in a match that can mathematically secure the Red Devils status in Super League next season. 

Salford are undefeated in The Qualifiers so far, while Leeds were boosted by the narrow 14-6 win over Widnes last time out. 

Defeat for Widnes Vikings against Halifax at the Halton Stadium will end their five-season stay in the Super League. 

Both sides are winless after three games and the Vikings need a win to maintain hope of remaining in Super League for 2019. 

Toronto Wolfpack welcome Toulouse Olympique XIII to the Lamport Stadium with both sides level of points leading into the final three games. 

Both sides suffered defeat in Round 4, with the Wolfpack falling to Salford 28-16 and Olympique losing to a resurgent London side 34-8. 

London Broncos travel to Hull KR this weekend, with the away side looking to continue the momentum after their victory against Toulouse in Round 4.  

The Robins, however, can all but confirm their Super League status for 2019 with a win, and will be looking to dispatch the Broncos. 

Friday 14th September: Leeds Rhinos vs Salford Red Devils (19:45)

Saturday 15th September: Toronto Wolfpack vs Toulouse Olympique (12:30 Local, 17:30 UK), Widnes Vikings vs Halifax (15:15), Hull KR vs London (18:00)